Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'99 Dodge Dakota, Tapping Engine Problems
I have a 99 Dodge Dakota Sport with 29k miles on the motor. When
I first start the engine it starts tapping real loud for about 3-5 minutes
then calms down. I called the dealer service and they say its normal
for a 3.9L engine. I change oil at every 2000 miles and use Havoline 10w30.
Can you offer any good advice on this matter? It would be great... Steve
Its funny and very sad at the same time. Why? I cannot believe that
a service person would have spheres to try laying that kind of line on
a customer. Its sad because the customer is not sure what to believe.
Your Dakota has a problem. Find a different repair facility to address
your vehicles problem. Because the advice youre receiving
is just as much as a problem as your vehicles!